WORLD LANGUAGES

 Philosophy Of The Department

 The World Language Department recognizes the critical role of World Language proficiency in our nation. Thus, we provide a proficiency-based curriculum which is defined by what the learner will be able to talk about, read about, and write about. Grammar instruction is applied to communicative activities to permit more effective communication. Our goal is to prepare students to function appropriately in oral and written form, in a range of situations, and with a degree of accuracy.
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 1250/2250—French 1

Prerequisites: None

French 1 provides a foundation of French language skills and French and Francophone culture and geography. This course emphasizes speaking and listening skills while introducing the mechanics of reading and writing.

 NOTE: Students who have completed the French 1 course in the middle school with a passing grade should enroll in French 2.
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1252/2252—French 2

Prerequisites: French 1

This course is a continuation of the skills studied in French 1. Emphasis remains on the spoken language but more detail is given to language structure and expanded vocabulary.
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1254/2254—French 3

Prerequisites: French 2 (Recommended grade of “C” or better)

French 3 is a continuation of French 2. In addition to the continued refinement of communication skills, special emphasis will be placed on developmental reading and the ability to present one’s thoughts in writing. All verb tenses as well as principle structures necessary for practical conversation are presented. As well, there is an integration of history and geography in the target language.
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1256/2256—French 4

Prerequisites: French 3 (Recommended grade of “C” or better)

Students will refine the linguistic functions of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. French and Francophone literature, culture, and history provide the context for discussion.
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1258/2258—French 5

Prerequisites: French 4 (Recommended grade of “C” or better)

Students will develop higher-level thinking skills in the target language by means of interpretation of literature and the study of current events and history. Formal writing skills will also be developed.
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1262/2262—German 1

Prerequisites: None

This course is designed to give the student a foundation in listening, speaking, reading, writing, and viewing of the German language and culture. Communication is the primary goal for a beginning student to make one’s self understood in a variety of “real life” settings.

 NOTE: Students who have completed the German 1 course in the middle school with a passing grade should enroll in German 2.
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1264/2264—German 2

Prerequisites: German 1

As a continuation of German 1, German 2 is designed for the strengthening of the listening, speaking, reading, writing, and reviewing skills acquired in the first year. The variety of situations in which the student must communicate is broadened and more complex structures are added to the student’s repertoire.
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1266/2266—German 3

Prerequisites: German 2 (Recommended grade of “C” or better)

German 3 is a continuation of German 2. The student will further refine communications skills, while adding more sophisticated structures for the situations in which the student must “perform.”
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1268/2268—German 4

Prerequisites: German 3 (Recommended grade of “C” or better)

This year provides the student with many opportunities to refine and strengthen communication skills through a variety of spoken contexts as well as literature and exposure to historical and artistic highlights from the German culture.
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1269/2269—German 5

Prerequisites: German 4 (Recommended grade of “C” or better)

This year provides the student with many opportunities to refine and strengthen communication skills through a variety of spoken contexts as well as literature and exposure to historical and artistic highlights from the German culture.
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1276/2276—Spanish 1

Prerequisites: None

Spanish 1 provides the foundation for Spanish language skills. The course emphasizes speaking and listening skills while introducing the mechanics of reading and writing. Hispanic culture and geography are important components of this course.

 NOTE: Students who have completed the Spanish 1 course in the middle school with a passing grade should enroll in Spanish 2.
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1277/2277—Fundamentals of Spanish 1

Prerequisites: Previous performance in other courses as well as recommendations from school personnel

This course emphasizes communication through a variety of media while introducing essential language mechanics. Depth of study will include aspects of basic communication and language learning strategies as well as an exploration of a variety of cultural topics.
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1278/2278—Spanish 2
   
*(1298/2298 Spanish 2-7th hour)

Prerequisites: Spanish 1

Spanish 2 is a continuation of the skills studied in Spanish 1. Emphasis remains on the spoken language but more detail is given to language structure and an expanded vocabulary. Hispanic culture and geography continue to be important in this course.
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1280/2280—Spanish 3

Prerequisites: Spanish 2 (Recommended grade of “C” or better)

Emphasis on speaking and writing skills with a concentration on increasing vocabulary. All verb tenses as well as principle structures necessary for practical conversation are presented.
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1282/2282—Spanish 4

Prerequisites: Spanish 3 (Recommended grade of “C” or better)

Students will refine the linguistic functions of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Hispanic literature, culture, and history will provide the context for discussion and writing.
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1284/2284—Spanish 5

Prerequisites: Spanish 4 (Recommended grade of “C” or better)

Students will develop higher-level thinking skills in the target language by means of interpretation of literature and the study of history and current events. Students will also develop formal writing skills.
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1288/2288—ESL (English As A Second Language)

This is a one-year, non-continuing course designed for students who have recently arrived in the United States and whose native language is not English.  Greater provision for learning English will be provided for the students whose language barrier prevents basic communication. Emphasis will be on oral, aural and written communication.